2008 Arkansas Democratic primary

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Arkansas Democratic primary, 2008

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Candidate Hillary Clinton Barack Obama
Home state New York Illinois
Delegate count 27 8
Popular vote 220,136 82,476
Percentage 70.05% 26.25%

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The Arkansas Democratic Presidential Primary took place on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, with 35 delegates at stake.[1] The winner in each of Arkansas's four congressional districts was awarded all of that district's delegates, totaling 22. Another 13 delegates were awarded to the statewide winner, Hillary Clinton. The 35 delegates represented Arkansas at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Twelve other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates, also attended the convention and cast their votes as well.



Arkansas Democratic Presidential Primary Results – 2008
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Hillary Clinton 220,136 70.05% 27
Democratic Barack Obama 82,476 26.25% 8
Democratic John Edwards 5,873 1.87% 0
Democratic Uncommitted 3,398 1.08% 0
Democratic Others 1,541 0.49% 0
Democratic Bill Richardson 810 0.26% 0
Totals 314,234 100.00% 35
Voter turnout %


Arkansas, the state where Hillary Clinton served as First Lady during her husband Bill Clinton’s tenure as Governor, gave Clinton her largest victory during the course of the Democratic Primary. She swept the state among every major demographic – age, gender, religion, income, and educational attainment. According to exit polls, 80 percent of voters in the Arkansas Democratic Primary were Caucasian and they opted for Clinton by a margin of 79-16 compared to the 17 percent of African Americans who backed Obama by a margin of 74-25.

Clinton carried every county in Arkansas by nearly two-to-one margins with the exception of three counties won by Obama: Crittenden, which contains West Memphis and is a part of the Memphis Metropolitan Area; and Lee and Phillips counties, both predominantly African American and located along the Mississippi River Delta.

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  1. ^ "Arkansas Democratic Delegation 2008". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2008-02-01.